Week of March 13, 2011

Yes!  Daylight saving time is finally here and I can’t go to sleep!!! Oh well, that means that we’ll be able to start our warm ups outside and eventually workout in the fresh spring air very soon!  Please come prepared in layers.

There were 9 of us that cruised the Egg Run route today. Nicki, Jen, Betty, Donna, Lynn, Jacob, Katrina, Kelli and moi . . . it was another nice run. As Lynn put it, we didn’t even know Jen was with us . . . she’s a lightening fast runner.  But the Sunday runs are perfect for all levels because you don’t have to feel like you need to stay with the fast runners or stay with the walkers.  We’re just out there to move, move, move.  I think we’ll have a big group at the actual Egg Run this year, right Betty and Donna????


As we move more and more, we’re exposed (some of us prone) to injuries. It’s important to listen to your body.  You’re the only one who knows when something is not right.  I know many of you tell me if something is uncomfortable, which is GREAT! I greatly encourage all of you to be your own advocate for your health (if you’re not already).  But the good news is, as you build muscle the typical aches and pains do subside (just pay attention to the atypical ones). I’m bringing this up because I recently heard from two people who went to their general practitioner for a pain and their doctor said to lie low for a few weeks and see if it goes away.  Lie low??  How about having a discussion with their patient to see understand their current lifestyle . . . how about recommending strength exercises . . . Pay me and I’ll tell you to lie low . . . (yes, it’s a sore point for me!)

Typical aches are back and knee pain. I found this interesting article on ABC News Health about Knee Pain and how hard it it to diagnose and treat.

Enjoy the read . . .  “In the course of the next five years, most of us will experience regional pain in our knees lasting weeks to months. Without anything special happening, we’ll notice aching in a knee when we put weight on it.

Walking will be unpleasant; walking quickly will be very unpleasant; and jogging may be out of the question. We might even limp. Climbing stairs will become difficult, but not as difficult as descending stairs … and there is prompt relief when sitting or lying down.

The knee might seem tight, even swollen, but not warm or so painful we can’t bend it at all. Sometimes it feels as if it might give way. If it wasn’t for this damnable knee pain, we’d be as well as ever. What to do?

Some will carry on as best they can until their perseverance is rewarded by a reversal of symptoms. Some seek relief in the over-the-counter remedies about which marketing has made us all keenly aware. Others will turn to doctors and other providers of care — some who are licensed, some who are not. Each specialist will approach knee pain advocating treatments based on their own beliefs as to the reason the knee hurts.

After all this, we usually get better, and when we do, we naturally conclude that whatever treatment we received worked. It matters little that, in the case of knee pain, nearly all treatment approaches have been studied systematically and have no specific beneficial effect. We will return time and again to the same remedies when faced with the next episode of knee pain or backache.

Diagnosing Knee Pain

Each year more than 5 million people seek the care of American orthopedic surgeons for knee pain. All these patients are subjected to an examination of the knee that involves various yankings and pullings handed down from generation to generation of orthopedists despite the modern science that renders nearly all the “findings” nonspecific — meaning the knee pain appears not to have a visible cause.

Nearly all these patients undergo an X-ray examination despite the fact that nearly all findings — including osteoarthritis and spurs — are common findings in ordinary knees that are not hurting. It’s likely the conditions were present in the knee before it started to hurt and will remain there when it stops.  More at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/PainNews/story?id=5987132&page=1


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